My spiritual father once shared a story with us. He was invited for a meeting by one of his sons; “Sir, I want you to come bless us so that we can gain speed.” While praying about the meeting, God ministered to my spiritual father; “Don’t mind him. He does not need speed now. He is only getting pressured by what he is seeing around. He is okay where he is.”

Friend, haste is not speed. It is trying to get ahead of your destiny. Speed is a divine leverage for great accomplishments. You must learn to differentiate the two this new year. When are you enjoying speed? When are you hasty? Haste is trying to force things to happen. Speed is allowing God to work out the details of your destiny at his own time and pace.

“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16). God already has a provision and a procedure for the fulfilment of His plans and purposes for your life this year. To act hastily is to act in unbelief.

“…The race is not to the swift… ” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). God has a time and a timing for every detail of your life (Ecclesiastes 3:11). When you are in the timing of God, you are truly enjoying speed. But when you try to force things to happen, you might end up postponing your destiny. Abraham added thirteen more years to his journey in destiny because of haste (Genesis 16:16, 17:1).

As you desire to achieve success and greatness this new year, I just want you to know that haste is not speed. One proof that you are hasty is that you are not satisfied with the when and the how of God. Don’t try to fulfil divine destiny with human efforts (Galatians 3:3). Learn to wait on God and for God if you hope to soar on Eagle’s wings this year (Isaiah 40:31).

Sometimes, it would look as though others have gone ahead of you. Remember that your race is peculiar to you; your destiny is personal. Being comfortable (not complacent) with where you are with God as you follow His own time and pace for your life is what shows that you have overcome haste. Waiting is not wasting; it is getting in alignment with divine plan. May you enjoy Divine Speed this year. Amen!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria